Wooler...11 Longhoughton Rangers Reserves...0
AFTER nine weeks without a fixture, Wooler got back to winning ways with a 11-0 demolition of Longhoughton Reserves.
If there ever was a case of men against boys then this was it.
Although the young Longhoughton team did in spells attempt to play passing football, they were unable to get enough possession with Wooler dominating all across the pitch.
Wooler opened the scoring after 10 minutes when Craig Henderson scored direct from a free-kick from 20 yards. Almost immediately, this was repeated with James Scott, scoring from another free-kick.
This set the tone for the first half, as Wooler took advantage of the wind and pegged Longhoughton into their own half. The goals came thick and fast with the Wooler forwards Scott, James Jefferies and Luke Strangeways getting plenty of possession and their interplay totalling bamboozling the opposition defence.
With Stuart Bertram and Lee Redpath dominating midfield, Jefferies, Scott, Henderson and Redpath all added to the scoreline to make it 7-0 at half-time.
The second half resumed with Longhoughton having the benefit of the wind, which by now had increased in strength. Initially, this gave them some impetus and the Wooler keeper Chris Stanwix even touched the ball a couple of times.
Within 15 minutes of the restart, Wooler were back into their stride and additional goals were scored by Luke Strangeways, Jack Strangeways, Robert Shepherd and Lee Redpath.
In a very good all-round team performance, the best for Wooler were Bertram, Jefferies and Luke Strangeways. While Longhoughton, to their credit, never stopped trying, it was the most one-sided game seen at The Martins for a long time.